President Trump recently signed a bill (HR 1242) that marks the year 2019 being the 400 years since the
first African slave was brought to America. In response to this commemoration, the Government of
Ghana declared 2019 as the Year of Return for African Americans to return to Ghana and reconnect and
reclaim their ancestral heritage.
For Pan African religious groups who interpret the Bible through an African lens, this acknowledgment
correlates with the Exodus story in the Bible. Like our ancestors, Africans of the Diaspora have also been
in bondage and under oppression for 400 years. Africa today, represents the proverbial wilderness and
like our ancestors, Africans of the Diaspora are embarking on a sojourn into the wilderness with much
wealth. Consequently, the year 2019 marks a time of liberation. However, our history, from this exodus
story to the abolishment of slavery and decolonization, shows how complex freedom truly is. How then
shall we meet the challenges that this proverbial wilderness in 2019 will bring?
The God Box Foundation (TGBF) in collaboration with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora
Institute (CCCADI) presents God Box Talks “Into the Wilderness.” This will be an interfaith dialogue
between Pan African religious and spiritual leaders addressing what the 400 years signifies, what
liberation should look like for the Pan African family and whether Africa is indeed the answer.